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Interferon (Overview)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on what cells they activate.


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What is interferon?

What is interferon?

Immune booster: Interferons are proteins released from host cells in response to the presence of pathogens to stimulate the immune system to allow for the defense against pathogens or tumors. It has been manufactured by recombinant dna technology and has been used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, infections and tumors. ...Read more

Interferon (Overview)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on what cells they activate.


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How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

Mechanism of action: Interferon Alpha 2a is a protein similar to infection fighting proteins released by white blood cells. Ribavirin is a prodrug that resembles purine RNA nucleotides. Therefore, Ribavirin interferes with the RNA replication of the hcv. ...Read more

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Is there anything I should do before starting interferon?

Talk to your doctor: It depends on which type of interferon and why you are taking it. Talk to your doctor who is prescribing the interferon. ...Read more

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How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

Immune modulator: In the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection, interferon works as an immune modulator or immune stimulator, but must be used simultaneously with other drugs such as Ribavirin and telapravir (incivek (telaprevir)) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek (telaprevir) and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read more

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If you are pregnant with et. What type of interferon is safe to use?

Ask your doctor: Whether et stands for essential thrombocytopenia or tremors, both are rare disorders, advice for such treatment is tailored to each individual case through combined approach by the primary treating physician and the obstetrician following the case. ...Read more

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New hepc treatments-pills-I hav been told need older treatments along w/this.Rivo&inteferon.Is this common? Also treatmnt "too toxic"for me right nw.?

New hepc treatments-pills-I hav been told need older treatments along w/this.Rivo&inteferon.Is this common? Also treatmnt "too toxic"for me right nw.?

New treatments: Interferon is a drug used to treat HCV, does not act on the virus itself. Newer agents, called direct acting antivirals, act directly on the virus to suppress proliferation. The first DAAs required ribavirin and even interferon, but the newer agents will be mixed together so that neither ribavirin and interferon will be required. These should be available soon, so you may want to wait. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from having interferon shots?

Many: There are many side effects, including flu-like symptoms, anemias, mood changes such as depression, and others. This is why you need to be checked out by an experienced professional before and during treatment. ...Read more

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How can one deal with the side effects of interferon?

See your doctor: Without knowing your specific symptoms, i would contact your doctor to help. Interferon has many side effects and the best way to deal with them is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor who is treating you. They can prescribe medications that help with certain symptoms. ...Read more